Top Things to See in TrackTown
When track and field fans and athletes visit Eugene these are the places that make the ultimate TrackTown USA experience.
1. & 2. Hayward Field & Hayward Hall
Eugene is the heart and home of track and field, and that heartbeat reverberates from Hayward Field itself. Cheer on the competitors striving to be champions; pay tribute to Bill Bowerman's bronze likeness watching the action with his stopwatch; and explore Hayward Hall's museum of track history with artistic and interactive exhibits.
3. & 4. Pre's Rock & Pre's Trail
It's the tradition of locals and athletes to visit Pre's Rock where a memorial to this great runner has been erected. Many leave their race bibs, running shoes, medals or flowers. Follow up that pilgrimage with a jog on Pre's Trail that was completed in his honor, and to fulfill his vision, after his passing.
6. Nike Store
Nike's origin story is linked with Eugene-Springfield, so a visit to the Eugene's Nike Store is a must. While Nike's headquarters are located in Portland, they have a beautiful storefront in Eugene's Market District. While you are at Market Alley visiting the Nike Store, step into the alley to see the bronze statue of Steve Prefontaine temporarily on display here.
7. The Graduate
Keeping with their collegiate theme, The Graduate hotel in downtown Eugene is a "museum" of local sports heritage including generations of Nike shoes on display and other track and field tributes. The Trophy Room lounge serves up festive cocktails and food against a backdrop of waffle-iron textured walls in tribute to the first running shoe sole that Bill Bowerman created.
8. & 9. Run Hub Northwest & Eugene Running Company
Local running stores are social hubs for passionate runners. Both Run Hub Northwest and the Eugene Running Company are owned by local, lifelong runners passionately commitment to Eugene's running community. Along with shopping, join in group runs, sign up for coaching and get informed tips on gear and trails.
10. Track Town Pizza
Load up on cheesy deliciousness at this college hangout that has been a campus-area favorite for decades. Track Town Pizza has a collection of local sports memorabilia, names their pizzas after track events and is a popular family and student destination. They also deliver!
11. - 19. Local Running Trails
Eugene is crisscrossed with many running trails. From level to steep inclines, from wood chips to paved pathways, there are many places to run, hike or walk. Eugene's signature paths are, of course, Pre's Trail, and the hike up Spencer Butte. Oregon Track Club has a handy runner's map (available with a PDF download) that details trail surface and mileage. And if you are here for the Butte to Butte in early July, register for a run right down the middle of the city's main corridors.
20. - 29. Oregon22 Heritage Trail
Oregon has been home to an outstanding collection of internationally medalling track and field athletes, and 22 of them are honored for their achievements across the state on the Oregon22 Heritage Trail. Visit the communities where they grew up, lived, trained or retired to on a road trip around the state. Or visit the plaques on display locally!